Remote working is on the increase thanks to advancements in technology and, more recently, Covid-19 keeping everyone in their homes, seeing more people considering moving to the country.
The Wall Street Journal recently wrote how this could even offer an opportunity to fix the housing crisis in rural America.
So, if you’re getting tired of the city’s bright lights, or feel like a change from your urban surroundings, here’s what you need to know.
What’s so attractive about country life?
Whether it’s snow-covered mountains, rolling hillsides, or lush forests, high on the list of what attracts people to rural living has surely got to be the scenery. The ability to step outside your front door and experience the best of what Mother Nature has to offer is a huge draw.
Health reasons also rank highly among reasons to get out of the city with the countryside offering cleaner air, less stress and more opportunity to get active in the great outdoors.
Houses are more affordable, getting you more space, both indoors and outdoors, for your money, compared to city prices. If you’re seriously considering a move, make sure you come up with a moving checklist before you start the whole process.
Things to consider
It can be a big culture shock moving to the country, so it might be wise to choose somewhere less remote, or you might end up feeling isolated. There are plenty of rural areas with all the amenities and a bustling community.
If your situation changes or you want to climb the career ladder, you might find local employment opportunities limited, so choosing a location within commuting distance from a city might be a wise compromise.
Whether you have children now or plan for them in the future, make sure the local education provision is satisfactory to you before uprooting.
The countryside in other countries
If you feel like stretching your legs a little further, you might be considering relocating to the countryside in another country entirely.
While there are no official accounts of how many Americans are leaving the country, according to the Association of American Residents Overseas, US ex-pats can be found in more than 160 countries, with 40% opting for the Western hemisphere.
Canada is renowned for its breathtaking landscapes and has an enormous range of rural locations to choose from. Ontario was the province with the highest immigrant population in 2020, so that might be a good place to start looking.
One of the largest municipalities in the Greater Toronto Area, Caledon, is predominantly rural and has a very low population density, so it offers the best of both worlds. Caledon realtors also list safety and affordability as reasons to move there.
Mexico is the only country to have more American immigrants than Canada. With beautiful beaches, a warm climate, and low living cost, its rural locations can offer the perfect opportunity for sun-seekers. You can’t get much more idyllic than Bacalar, about four hours from Cancun, and it is home to the beautiful Lake of Seven Colors.
So, whether you’re considering hopping out to the nearest rural town or you’re looking to make a bigger move overseas, country life has a lot to offer.